Smart phone users interested in starting or growing a small business can now find helpful resources at their fingertips via a mobile application from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
Developed and donated as a gift by Palo Alto Software Inc., the SBA mobile app will make the search for resources more efficient, whether users are starting a new business or taking an existing business to a new level.  The app will first be available for the Apple iPhone, with future versions for other smart phone platforms. The mobile app will help users connect with SBA district office staff and SBA-affiliated counselors and mentors who can provide free, personalized small business assistance.

The user-friendly format of the app will help answer questions such as: How do I start a business? Where can I go in my area to get free help with writing a business plan? And where do I begin finding funding for my business?
 
The SBA mobile app also features a built-in startup cost calculator to help estimate the costs associated with getting a business off the ground, plus an SBA partner locator to help users find SBA offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE.
 
Users will also have mobile access to SBA video content and social media alerts to provide them with tips on the go. This will include live updates from the SBA’s YouTube channel and from SBA’s Twitter feeds.

The free mobile app can be downloaded from the SBA’s website.